Comment of the Day, #10

A little love, Republican style

Here again, I present my semi-annual feature, “Comment of the Day”. Today’s comment comes from Sue Blue, who gives us a capsule summary of Rick Perry:

Perry is a twat who makes even Bush look reasonable and middle-of-the-road. This is the guy who supported Texan secession and who thinks holding huge public prayer rallies at taxpayer expense is the way to fix Texan weather and economic woes. The irony of this guy running for president just fucking blows the top right off my irony meter. Here’s someone who claims to hate “big government” so much that he wants his state to secede… yet he wants to be POTUS? Who in their right mind—even a Republican—would want this guy running the country? Then there’s the do-nothing-but-pray-loudly approach to natural and man-made disaster. He’s as dumb and crazy as Bachmann when it comes to his statements about evolution and science. He’s only slightly more articulate than that other Texan village idiot.

I was down in Texas visiting unfortunate relatives when this moron held his prayer-fest, held in a huge, air-conditioned stadium while thousands of Texans sweltered in 110-degree heat with their power turned off because the emergency funds collected by the utility to help the poor were being held in a special account used to make the state budget look good and keep the Repub promise not to raise taxes. These guys would rape their own Grandmas if there was a buck in it for them.

20 Responses to “Comment of the Day, #10”

  1. YogaforCynics Says:

    Well said.

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I was down in Dallas on a business trip last month, and in middle-of-nowhere Irving there was a giant conference center. There weren’t any hotels/restaurants etc immediately nearby, which would tip on off into thinking they might actually hold conferences there. My boss (who had lived in TX for many years) noted that Texas has so much money they can build conference centers in the middle of nowhere. But yet Dallas Public Schools have a graduation rate of 46%…if the state has so much money is true, it seems their priorities are out of whack.

    I do like Mollie Ivin’s name for Perry, Gov. Good-Hair.

  3. Sue Blue Says:

    Texas State Motto: Jesus and Football! Texan education, particularly in the sciences, is among the nation’s most dismal; yet, by gosh and by golly, each and every podunk high school has a football stadium worthy of a state university. High school games are televised with Superbowl-like fanfare, complete with pleas to Jesus to help the home team win. I guess turning out brain-damaged dimbulbs (regardless of whether said damage is caused by football concussions or by religious indoctrination) who support their crazy Repub leaders is the priority for Texas schools at all levels.
    Seriously – when I was visiting my relatives, every home in their neighborhood had their favorite football team’s logo painted next to their address on the street curb. I shit you not. I thought my sister and her family, having come originally from Blue Washington State, would be immune to the crazy, but thirteen years of total immersion have unfortunately eroded away the last vestiges of sense. They now identify as Tea Partiers, support their local high-school team, and think Jesus is just an all-right dude who totally loves Texas. I cried.

  4. ericsan Says:

    So sorry to hear that Sue. It must have been really tough. I don’t know how I would deal with a family member coming out as a republican, let alone a teabagger. By the way, you have to call them teabaggers. It drives them crazy now they know what it is and where it comes from ;)

  5. Sue Blue Says:

    What’s really bad is that my sister and her family are not poor whites who never finished high school, work menial jobs and spend their spare time in the ol’ trailer house watchin fox news. Sis is a software engineer who travels worldwide, makes well over six figures and lives in an exclusive gated community in The Woodlands. Their political stance seems mainly motivated by the desire to avoid paying any more taxes – “I’ve earned mine, why should I support those lazy, trashy immigrants, slutty welfare queens, etc., etc., with my taxes?” They hate unions (“forcing those poor beleagured corporations out of business!”) and hate government mostly because it is currently being run by a black man. Evolution and climate change are “points of view” of head-in-the-clouds elitists who waste their time on “theories” instead of practical application (squeezing more money-making opportunities out of the environment). Sis isn’t particularly religious, but she’s A-OK with it for the social order and stratification and “Us against them” attitude associated with it. It’s not the masses of ignorant droolers who are the problem, it’s the wealthy who are out to use ignorance to protect their own status quo. Plutocracy and the Gilded Age are all nostalgia to them.

  6. Jeff Says:

    It’s not the masses of ignorant droolers who are the problem, it’s the wealthy who are out to use ignorance to protect their own status quo.

    I think it’s both, actually, but I agree with everything you’ve said.

    A friend who escaped from Texas decades ago said this to me in an email:

    The state’s always had its fill of idiots, but I’ve never seen a time when so many have overrun public discourse and set policy. There’s been a long history of electing clods like G.W.Bush to high office (and usually, they stay contained in Texas, but look what happened!) but I’ve never seen so many in office across all different levels of governmental, educational (shudder) and even cultural organizations.

    Somebody must have spiked the water supply with a special kind of dumbass fluoride.

  7. Sue Blue Says:

    Jeff, it could also be “retardogenic vapors” – something in the air. The Houston area does have some of the worst air pollution…then there are all the fires and dust storms. I swear the two sweltering weeks I was down there I caught myself almost saying “all y’all” a couple of times. It was sort of hard to think clearly while dashing from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car to air-condtioned store, hoping to avoid bursting into flames or melting. Can’t go outside in the daytime because it’s too hot; can’t go outside at night because it’s still hot and the mosquitoes carry West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis and ignore bug spray and can apparently even bite underwater, as I found out while trying to swim in the pool late one night. Plus, at night you can’t see the gators, roaches and other critters trying to find some water too. It’s ironic that one of the most “christian” of states is also the most similar to the christian hell.

  8. ericsan Says:

    I had the same argument with a former friend when he came out to me as a Ron Paul supporter. These people can’t see the forest for the tree. They obsess over poor people playing the system and abusing government handouts, while being completely oblivious to the fact that these are a drop in the ocean of corporate welfare and military spending. I mean, how can you fret over how people spend their food stamps when large corporations not only evade taxes but collect government help?
    The best example was the republican debate. The amount of ignorance, stupidity and hatred on display was depressing. Between Michele Bachmann claiming HPV vaccine causes retardation, Ron Paul saying “let him die” to thunderous applause, and Rick Perry having no trouble sleeping at night for executing innocent people, to the loudest applause and cheer of the evening, I think we’re completely doomed.

  9. Jeff Says:

    It’s ironic that one of the most “christian” of states is also the most similar to the christian hell.

    It really is a god-forsaken hellhole. How these dibbling idiots manage to convince themselves it’s the greatest state in the union – well, that’s what you get when cousins marry. Repeatedly. Over generations.

    Let them secede, already. Good freakin’ riddance. Maybe they can take Oklahoma, Texas’ developmentally challenged little brother, along with them.

  10. Jeff Says:

    They obsess over poor people playing the system and abusing government handouts, while being completely oblivious to the fact that these are a drop in the ocean of corporate welfare and military spending.

    Yep.

    Between Michele Bachmann claiming HPV vaccine causes retardation, Ron Paul saying “let him die” to thunderous applause, and Rick Perry having no trouble sleeping at night for executing innocent people, to the loudest applause and cheer of the evening, I think we’re completely doomed.

    Yep.

  11. Sue Blue Says:

    It’s sort of funny to watch Perry squirm with cognitive dissonance. He supported vaccination against HPV – mandated it, even! – which might sound like a point in his favor. However, he got a huge backlash from fundies who claimed it was the same as giving a license for sex to kids, and from anti-vaxxers who claimed he was in the pockets of big Pharma. He then had to defend himself against his base…and the truth of it was, he didn’t give a shit about girls, HPV, or the safety of vaccines; he just wanted those juicy corporate campaign donations. Truly, just as was glaringly obvious in the reaction to Ron Paul’s statements and Perry’s record on capital punishment, these assholes are only motivated by greed, self-interest, ignorance, and a complete lack of human empathy or compassion; in fact, by any definition, they are completely immoral. Just another incredible irony – as they claim to be the arbiter of morals and family values.

  12. Jeff Says:

    Just another incredible irony – as they claim to be the arbiter of morals and family values.

    The fact that that they can behave this way and convince themselves they truly are in it for the divinely-ordained moral values, and that their followers and sycophants are able to convince themselves likewise, with apparently NO serious amount of effort – the fact that human beings can manifest that kind of cognitive dissonance and self-deception has caused me to give up on them for good.

    We’re totally screwed. We simply aren’t capable of saving ourselves. The fundies are right about one thing – there is something terribly wrong with human beings. It just isn’t what they think it is.

    (Actually, they’re right about something else as well – liberal Christianity isn’t “real” Christianity. It’s just something made up over the past two centuries or so to accommodate the increasingly squeamish sensibilities that came along with modernity. Fortunately, we have the fundies to show us what REAL Christianity looks like. “Gimme That Old Time Religion…”)

  13. Sue Blue Says:

    Jeff, you’re right about “LIberal” Christianity – the “gentle Jesus, meek and mild” and the do-gooder types are nothing more than a social club and support group for non-thinkers. They deny all the yucky, nasty parts of the Bible, make excuses for the mean Old Testament Yahweh, and claim Jesus was all about sunshine and sweetness. The fundies are right about one thing – such christians aren’t True Believers and aren’t really following the tenets of their Holy Book. The only difference between the majority of Christians and the Muslim mass-murderers is that the Muslims REALLY believe. To follow their holy scriptures literally requires action. The fundies want to get back to the action.

  14. Sue Blue Says:

    Ericsan – spot on about the double standard of these teabaggers. My brother in law ragged on about the “dumbass welfare sluts having thirteen kids to get welfare checks for all of em” and his belief that the poor deserve to be poor because they are lazy and prefer to be that way. Unions are “nothing more than organized crime syndicates out to milk corporations dry”. According to him, illegal immigrants are sucking the tit big-time, receiving free healthcare and schooling at our expense, dropping anchor-babies all over the place, and taking all the entry-level jobs away from deserving young white folk. When I pointed out the Mexican groundskeeping crew that was mowing the lawn, clipping the hedges, and cleaning the pool in the 108-degree heat as we spoke, he said “see what I mean? They underbid all the whites to get these jobs.” I asked how they were getting these jobs if the laws against hiring illegals were being enforced (by prosecuting the American business owners), he said, “Business owners can’t afford to pay the wages Americans want because of the unions”. Also because, according to him, the bleeding-heart liberal Feds had made up all these namby-pamby anti-discrimination laws to make it easier for the wetbacks to integrate. Plus, he claimed, he was being forced to support all this through his taxes, which he claimed were outrageously high, tens of thousands of dollars on an income of over $250,000. Perry, he claimed, had kept his promises to not raise taxes, so he was going to vote for the guy. I could go on and on about what was wrong with this on all levels, but suffice it to say that their defense was to dismiss everything on the basis that it was coming from a “brainwashed” liberal from the hippie fringe of the Pacific Northwest.

  15. ericsan Says:

    Sue, it’s your own damn fault for attempting to use logic. They will twist the facts to match whatever dumb point they’re trying to make, and contradict themselves in the same sentence without batting an eye. I wish they could be on the receiving end of the policies they so wish to implement.
    Every single day the prescient John Carpenter movie “They Live” becomes more and more relevant. Scary.

  16. Jeff Says:

    I wish they could be on the receiving end of the policies they so wish to implement.

    Oh man, so do I. There are times when I wish Bachmann or Perry would win, so they could experience the third-worldery into which we’d be plunged – but they’d find some way to blame it on the lib’ruls.

    The United States is a myth; it always has been – and a dangerous one at that. Gore Vidal has been saying for years that we should Balkanize. I’d LOVE for that to happen. I’m a godless liberal who lives in Boston. I know I’m going to hell, but in the meanwhile, I’m sick to death of political policy that affects me being decided by these good ole boys and inbred mouth-breathers – and I’m sure they feel the same way about me.

    Sue, please tell your brother-in-law I said he’s a goddamn imbecile. Also offer him this quote from John Kenneth Galbraith:

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

    (You know, when Jesus returns, we’re all going to hell, but at least I won’t have to type “blockquote” any more.)

  17. ericsan Says:

    Right on Jeff. Is it any wonder that Ayn Rand, that selfish lying hypocritical talentless hack who is to literature, politics and economy what L. Ron Hubbard is to science fiction, religion and self-improvement, is now dusted off and held on a pedestal by these teabaggers?
    If you thought libertarians were selfish, misguided, uneducated gun-loving dumbasses, meet the new generation.

  18. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Sis is a software engineer who travels worldwide…They hate unions…

    It pisses me off how many in the high tech field are either conservative or liberal-but-hate-Unions. It’s dumbfounding. If we unionized nationwide (I say, waving my WashTech card around in pride, despite living in a right-to-work state), we would be a ridiculously powerful force for good. But we’re basically all selfish assholes. Fuck us in the high tech industry. Even the liberals. We’re assholes to organized labor.

  19. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Ron Paul saying “let him die” to thunderous applause…

    I hate defending Ron Paul, of all people, but he never actually said that. He never actually answered the question. But he didn’t have to. The audience answered it for him loud and clear.

  20. Sue Blue Says:

    The fucking hypocrisy is only an echo of what they see in their leaders. For instance, Perry (I know I’m on a Perry rant, but goddammit, he is a perfectly representative fuck from the land of fuckery), after raving on about Texan secession and how they could do without money from Obama’s Big Bad Government, and furthermore, could do without all those unionized, bloodsucking government employees like firefighters and emergency services and such-like, is now holding his hand out for the Federal bucks because of all the fires. He is actually demanding money, threatening to make a big stink if he doesn’t get it, and telling Congress they had better make big budget cuts elsewhere so Texas gets the emergency funding it needs. Yep, Fuck You, America, Texas wants your money and all y’all can just eat it.